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Movers and shakers: June 2015

New hires, dealers and distributors from June's PSNEurope magazine

Galician loudspeaker manufacturer Idea has named Joan La Roda as its senior loudspeaker designer. “It’s the enthusiasm and true commitment […] of everybody at Idea that encouraged me to join in,” La Roda comments. “I believe knowing where you are aiming to is far more important than your position in the market and the industry – and Idea definitely knows where it is aiming.”

Martin Audio has boosted its UK sales force with the recruitment of Richard Van Nairn as account manager, working alongside Al Brown. Nairn, formerly of LMC Audio Systems, says: “There couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the company and become a part of this iconic British institution.”

Nexo has announced the appointment of Alain Boone (main picture, left) who joins its international sales team as European sales director. Boone has a longstanding relationship with the French manufacturer, having spent 18 years as live sound account manager at Belgian Nexo distributor Audio XL.

UK/ROI Harman distributor Sound Technology has appointed Stuart Strachan (pictured above right) to the newly created role of live sound project engineer. Strachan has a remit to “demonstrate and develop awareness of Harman’s new-generation of JBL, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, Lexicon and dbx products for the live sound industries”.

René Harder has been appointed a member of the board of Stagetec. He succeeds Dr Klaus-Peter Scholz, one founders of the Berlin-based digital audio technology manufacturer.

Munich-based live engineer Björn Seeländer (pictured right) has been named live sound product specialist for Waves Audio. “I have been working with Waves products since 1998,” says Seeländer, “and I am looking forward to showing engineers, rental companies and retailers the huge value and quality benefits of using Waves in live sound.”

Audica Professional has announced Audiologic as its new distributor for the UK. “We have always been impressed by Audica’s combination of impressive sound quality and superb styling,” says Simon Stoll, Audiologic’s MD, “and are delighted to be able to bring this to our installation customers.”

HD Pro Audio has been named as a main UK dealer for the new Avid VENUE S6L console, launched at NAB/Prolight + Sound in April (see NAB 2015: Avid reveals Venue S6L mixer and more). HD Pro Audio’s Andy Huffer comments: “[T]he S6L looks set to repeat the success of the original VENUE platform. Having been with VENUE since its inception over 10 years ago, we’re primed and ready to go for supply and support of this superb new console. It uses the same workflow and accepts original VENUE show files, making it immediately familiar to engineers who know VENUE already.”

American mic specialist Earthworks has appointed SEA Vertrieb & Consulting as the its new distributor for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Founded in 2000 by veteran pro-audio engineer Uwe Kirchfeld (pictured above right), SEA Vertrieb & Consulting employs 30 staff with expertise in studio/recording, live, broadcast and installed sound.